The Eco-Centres Award is a project designed to encourage and acknowledge whole-centre action for the environment. Eco-Centres follows the Eco-Schools model in offering a well-defined, controllable way for you to take environmental issues and apply them to the day-to-day running of your centre. This process is aimed to help staff and visiting students of any age recognise the importance of environmental issues and take them more seriously in their work and home lives. Eco-Centres are designed to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of a centre for all its staff and visitors.

In May 2004 Canterbury Broad Oak Nature Reserve was awarded their Eco-Centres Green Flag. This process began in January 2003, and involved different stages of implementation and environmental improvement. An Eco-Centres committee was formed consisting of staff members who represented all aspects of the centre and Nature Reserve. The committee met regularly to discuss the Environmental Review, and to create an Eco-Code and Action Plan.

Look at our Eco-Code to find out how we have reduced the impact of our activities on the environment (and how you can too).